Monday, November 18, 2019

Eulogy - Review

Eulogy (Eagle Elite #9) 

By: Rachel Van Dyken

Published: February 20, 2018 by Van Dyken Enterprises INC

448 pages

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
The next book in the internationally bestselling mafia series…

All is lost.
All.
I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore.
My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.
I've lost my soul.
She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.
Sixty lives are mine to take.
Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.
Sixty lives plus one more.
Mine.
When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.
Only one person stands in the way.
She doesn't realize I'll kill her too.
I don't own a heart.
And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again.
I am Chase Abandonato.
Heir to a legacy of betrayal.
And I will kill them all.
Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.
A life for a life.
A soul for a soul.
Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Blood in. No out.
MY REVIEW:
This series never gets old for me. I have enjoyed every book almost as much as the ones before them. Sometimes a series that goes on this long can start to feel repetitive or boring. The mafia world that Van Dyken has built continues to keep me intrigued and wanting to read more and dive back into the world of Eagle Elite. I'm not usually surprised or shocked by the plots, and as such the main plot of this book I had figured out from the beginning. That didn't annoy me though. I still ate it up just like I have the earlier books in the series.

The main character in this story, Chase Abandonato is one of the original 5 of the Eagle Elite. He is the cousin to Nixon, boss of the Abandonato Family. He is what is considered a made-man and is basically Nixon's right hand man and best friend. He was featured as the main character in earlier books two and three, so it's very important, in my opinion, to read the books in order so as to understand his background and point of view of all of these characters, especially book 8 as its cliffhanger ending leaves Chase with a significant decision to make. I did not, and do not intend, to read the novellas that have come out over the years in this series. I do, however, highly recommend reading the previous eight books in the series, in order as follows:

Elite - Nixon's story
Elect - Chase's story
Entice - continuation of Chase and Nixon's stories
Elicit - Tex's story
Ember - Phoenix's story
Elude - Sergio's story
Empire - Sergio's story, part 2
Enrage - Dante's story, plus a continuation of Chase's story

Definitely a worthy entertaining read filled with angst, romance, and lots of death and shooting (this is the mafia world after all).

Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"I have to believe that we've been brought to this point, not to just collapse from within, but to grow, to become greater than before."

But he believed the lie people often did when they were in pain. That it meant there was something inherently broken within them, when the opposite was true. Heartbreak was just proof it was working.

"It's nice to be wanted for being you, isn't it?"

"The only person with enough power to destroy you - is you."

"What greater love than taking the sins of those you care for and putting them on your own shoulders?"

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Thursday, November 7, 2019

*ARC* The First Girl Child - Review

The First Girl Child

By: Amy Harmon

Published: August 20, 2019 by 47North

391 pages

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Science Fiction

Source: Netgalley ARC

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
From ​the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation.

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.
MY REVIEW:
A world based loosely on Norse mythology as mentioned in the author's note at the end of the book, this story follows characters set in the land known as Saylok and the people are god worshipers. There are 7 clans for the land surrounding Saylok. The center of Saylok is Temple Hill, where the King lives, as well as the Keepers. The Keepers maintain order and a spiritual balance so that no one person or clan has all power. They protect the runes, which fallen into the wrong hands, could be wielded for evil. Temple Hill is where most of the story takes place.

The first 70% of the story follows the children known as Bayr and Alba from their birth and the circumstances surrounding them. I usually prefer books where the love story is the major focal point. I was warned this story did not focus primarily on romance. However, I found myself to still be engaged and wanting to know more each time I set it down. The last 30% of the book Bayr and Alba are young adults and are fighting against years of lies and deceit from the people who are closest to them.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. There's action, there's intrigue, there's love, there's sadness, there's sacrifice. It had all the makings of a great story that I've come to expect from Amy Harmon. It wasn't my favorite among the books of hers that I've read, but it was a solid story with a solid plot.

Top Favorite Quotes:
"And strength without wisdom is dangerous."

"Because the beauty of the fall was worth the pain of landing."

"It is your weakness. But weakness can make a man wise. You will listen more. You will think before you speak. You will never believe yourself all-powerful and all-knowing. You will never say what you do not mean."

I've come to believe that home is not a place. Home is inside of us. Home is the people we love. Home is what we strive for.

"There is no love without fear. They walk hand in hand," she said with a small smile. "That is why it hurts so much."

"And in the end, we can only sacrifice ourselves. To sacrifice others is no sacrifice at all."

Language Rating: 1
Mature Content Rating: 1.5 
Final Rating: 4 stars

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: October Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, Sandy finished A Pursuit of Home (Haven Manor, # 3) by Kristi Ann Hunter.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the October giveaway runs from October 25th - November 25th. On November 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter




2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: September Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, Holly finished Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, # 7) by Sarah J Maas.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the August giveaway runs from September 25th - October 25th. On October 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: August Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, neither Sandy nor Holly have finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: July Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, neither Sandy nor Holly have finished any series enders.
Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from July 25th - August 25th. On August 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



Thursday, October 3, 2019

*ARC* Say You Still Love Me - Review

Say You Still Love Me

By: K.A. Tucker

Published: August 6, 2019 by Atria Books

384 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Netgalley ARC

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancĂ©—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
 
MY REVIEW:
After a 7.5 month marathon reading of a series ender, I needed a book that I knew I could enjoy and get through relatively quickly. Sort of to get my head back in the reading game so to say. Having read many of K.A. Tucker's books in the past, and this one was sitting on my TBR list of ARC's, it seemed like the perfect book to pick up. I'm so glad I did! I absolutely loved this book! I loved that it goes back to the past of these teens at summer camp and then their present day lives. I loved the unlikely love affair that starts between them as teens. I loved the happily-ever-after vibe of the story. It was just an overall enjoyable read and the perfect romance book.

Tucker did not disappoint with this one!

Favorite Quotes:
"Favorite place in the world. Favorite summer." His eyes flash downward to my lips. "Favorite girl."

"All I know is that you'll always be the most beautiful girl I've ever seen."

This feels like coming home, after thinking I'd never see home again.

"And I will jump off any cliff you ask me to, no matter how frightened I am, as long as it means you're waiting for me at the bottom."

"Start by always choosing me - us - no matter what, from now on."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

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